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Protesters seek end to 'over-policing' in Durham as chief delivers crime report

Posted May 1

— Protesters marched from the Durham jail to City Hall on Monday night with a message about police for city leaders.

Before Monday night’s city council meeting started, protesters marched downtown and blocked traffic in the streets.

The protesters, from a number of organizations, were calling for a stop to what they call over-policing.

Demonstrators temporarily took over the City Council meeting to make their demands.

They want to end license check points and want a moratorium on minor traffic stops. They do not want the police budget expanded and want officers to stop cooperating with federal immigration enforcement.

“What keeps our community safe, and when you ask folks that question, it’s typically not the police. But, if you ask communities of color who are interacting with the cops the most, on a regular basis, they are not saying they need cops to keep them safe,” said protester Felicia Arriaga.

After protesters left City Hall, Police Chief C.J. Davis gave council members a report of first-quarter crime statistics for 2017.

Murders are down nearly 65 percent for the year so far, compared with 2016. However, rapes have increased by 35 percent and robberies have increased by 25 percent.

After changes were made in the department, Davis was happy to report that the number of traffic stops have also decreased. Searches of African-Americans are down significantly, but they are still more likely to be searched compared to white residents in the city.

Police said no protesters were arrested.


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  • Jim Schoendorf May 3, 11:01 a.m.
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    Stop policing? These people are high as hell. With the amount of Crack and heroine pouring out of neighborhoods of color and the fact that you can't visit southpoint or Northgate without mingling with low life gang members flashing guns and drugs i'd say we need more policing And no were not going to stop co operating with immigration you need to stop pumping drugs into your bloodstream so you can think straight. Stop being lowlife criminals and the cops will leave you alone. You won't so rot in jail where you belong

  • Ray Ubinger May 3, 7:21 a.m.
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    Because if we did the same thing to the cops they would call it a crime. In a free country we're not supposed to go around forcibly interfering with people unless we first have at least some evidence that they have committed a particular offense.

  • Mary Edwards May 2, 4:27 p.m.
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  • Megan Goodson May 2, 1:29 p.m.
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    Can the rest of us protest to have everyone protesting act like human beings with common sense so that the police won't have to over police Durham?

  • James Hicks May 2, 12:45 p.m.
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    Ah yes, lets stop 'policing'. I can't in all honesty call it 'over-policing' with the murder and crime rates we have here.

    Lets see, didn't they try this already somewhere else? Oh yeah... Baltimore. How did that work out?

    "Baltimore’s mayor is asking for help from the FBI as the city struggles to contain a soaring murder rate."

    “I’m calling on all the assistance we can possibly get because I can’t imagine going into our summer months with our crime rate where it is today, what that’s going to look like by the end of the summer,” Mayor Pugh said. “… Murder is out of control.”

    Violence has reached a crisis level, with the number of killings shattering a 20-year high this early in the year.


    Remember when seconds count, the police are minutes away. (That isn't a dig at police, I think both self defense AND police are important)

  • Charles Williams May 2, 10:49 a.m.
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    Why? I don't want to share the road with drunks and unlicensed illegals

  • Ray Ubinger May 2, 10:12 a.m.
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  • Jason Merrill May 2, 9:23 a.m.
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    End stops for minor traffic violations? You mean things like running stop signs or red lights so that more deadly accidents could occur? Or speeding even if it is only "5" over which could increase the severity of an accident? Stop license checks, you mean so that people driving illegally due to a suspended license for DUI convictions have nothing to fear before they get drunk, or those that are in this country illegally can continue breaking the law without fear of repercussions? What about the illegal dump truck driver with no license that had his truck roll away and kill that little boy a few months back, lets make it easier for that kind of tragedy to occur again by taking away all license checks? Sure lets stop all pretense of law enforcement just to appease those that have no respect for authority or law and play the race card as the first and only thing they have...instead of owning the fact that they broke a law...no personal responsibility at all in this country anymore.

  • Vince DiSena May 2, 8:54 a.m.
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    "Over policing" can only be detrimental, and seen as such, to criminals.

  • Robert Swiger Sr. May 2, 8:08 a.m.
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    So stop policing. Don't go let them police themselves and see how long that last. These people are fools and have no idea what they are asking for